Words that start a sentence, whether grammatically correct or not.

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I am having trouble deciding whether to use “so” or “instead” in the following sentence. Which is appropriate?

There are few surviving writings that could tell us more about wrestling in ancient times. __________, historians have learned about the sport by examining pictures on vases, coins, and cave walls.
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what is the meaning of these sentences? “You know where the drop is going down.”

A police man said this to a man, and I don't understand the bold part. I know Caruso is a rat and I'm gonna clean up this sewer. You know where the drop is going down. Now give it up. Hey, I'll ...
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Should I capitalize a word at the beginning of a sentence with a slash?

Sorry about the badly written title. Basically, I have this sentence: Clicking/Tapping on the icons brings up the DNA selection menu. Should tapping be capitalized in this situation?
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Can you start a sentence with the word key? [closed]

Can you start a sentence with the word key? The sentence is: Key to good analytical research is a safe well-equipped laboratory. I have a tendency to want to put The before key, but am ...
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“One such type of knowledge can be that the problem” vs “One example of such knowledge is a problem”

I have a paragraph that starts with the following In order to obtain a more accurate result, additional knowledge is required. My next line is as follows but it doesn't feel right... One ...
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“If, however in advance one has knowledge…” vs “However, if in advance one has knowledge…”

I am trying to write a paper and and I am not sure of the correct phrasing of a particular sentence. Here is what I am currently using If, however, in advance one has knowledge of the material ...
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Starting a sentence with of [closed]

Can we start a sentence with 'of'. I have been working this poem and I am starting every sentence with of: "Of rotten eggs and gap-toothed grin. Of white lies and silly faces." Is it ...
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“We begin with” [closed]

I am a math major and I am trying to improve my writing skills, mostly for proofs but also for the overall betterment of my career. A lot of times in Math, the author will use the word "we" when ...
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Is it ok to use “follow” to start a sentence as an object? [closed]

I saw a sentence earlier today: Follow this checklist prior to embarking on your next camping trip to help you avoid running into problems during your trip away. I have a couple questions ...
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Starting a text with “i.e.” [duplicate]

This is related to Can I start a sentence with "i.e."? so I'll use his sentence as an example. I agree that it should be a parenthetical statement, not a separate sentence (which is was the ...
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Starting a sentence with “and”-connected adverbs or adverbials

I want compare one thing with two other things, discussing their differences as follows. Balls are better than dice, since they provide better rollability. Moreover and in contrast to eggs, ...
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Is a sentence that is basically made of two sentences that only share an introductory element a run-on?

For example, "In the past, ten out of every fifty people died from natural causes and twenty out of every fifty people died from violence.
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Concluding vs Concludingly

My English teacher has taught me to use "Concluding" when writing the end part of certain texts (next to other words).Example: Concluding, we can say that... To me it somehow sounds curious. "...
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Choosing the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph

The sentences given below, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. I have to choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices ...
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Can you use “perhaps” at the beginning of a sentence and omit the verb?

For example: More students are emerging with A grades in A level exams. Perhaps as a result of sheer hard work and competition. More students are emerging with A grades in A level exams. This is ...
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What can I substitute for “A perfect example for this is”

I need a more sophisticated way of starting a sentence that uses soccer as a perfect example of an ancestral sport from china which evolved.
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I'm asking only because or i'm only asking because- what would be the proper or better sounding version [duplicate]

I seem to be excessively over analyzing the superior manner in which the sentence ought to begin. The proceeding phrases are what I need advice with, so as to decide the proper wording, to initiate ...
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Can I begin a sentence with, “Unless, that is …”?

Given a rather long sentence that finishes with something like: ... and therefore, you need not submit that form. Is it allowable to start the next sentence with, "Unless, that is, you .....", or ...
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Can you start a sentence with “Hopefully,…”? [duplicate]

I am studying for the SAT, and I learned just now that the following sentence is grammatically incorrect: Hopefully, we will be able to complete the building before the rainy season sets in. ...
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Is it Correct To Start A Sentence With a Coordinate Conjunction [duplicate]

This seems to be argued back and forth by my Writing and Reading teachers. Here is the problem. For example I write this sentence: And I went to bed to get some sleep. Just a simple sentence ...
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Is this really a dangling modifier?

In a paper I recently wrote about Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., I used the sentence: As a black man in the '40s, it was almost unheard of to go to college. Someone suggested to me that this ...
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Starting a sentence with “as also”? [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to start a sentence with "As also"? I guess that the following example is not grammatically correct: As also the product includes a clippy-like helper. while this ...
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Can “most of which” be used in the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

Just out of curiosity I would like to ask. By searching through the web I could not find an answer yet. Can "most of which" be used in the beginning of a sentence? Here is an example of a sentence ...
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Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?

Multiple questions herein ask "Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question with X?" So, I'm definitively asking, are there any words for which it is absolutely not grammatically ...
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I am not sure whether to put a comma after “so”, which is at the beginning of a sentence

Some people say since "so" is a transitional word, it should have a comma after it like all the transitional words have. And some say if "so" is there for logical continuity, then no comma should be ...
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Alternative to beginning a sentence with “this”?

I have to write technical documents such as manuals, reports and journal articles. Recently, I find myself beginning sentences with "This" a lot of the time. For example, Deploy one marker buoy ...
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Sentences start with Of

What is the meaning of of when it starts a sentence? For example, and what is the grammatically correct way to write a sentence starting with of?
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Is it possible to start a grammatically-correct English sentence with the word “Than”?

Question: Is it possible to start a grammatically-correct English sentence with the word "Than"? If no, what other English words share this property? Background: Trevor claimed that it is ...
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“What” = “the thing” in the beginning of the sentence

Is the sentence What he didn't know is that in the future (...) correct? The meaning should be similar to "The thing that he didn't know..."
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Why is “doesn't” a legitimate starting word for a sentence? [duplicate]

Doesn't is the contraction for does not. From my knowledge, the sentence Doesn't Tom like Sally? is legitimate. Why is this so? If I expand the sentence, it becomes Does not Tom like Sally? which ...
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Can a sentence begin with an object or reflexive noun?

I'm writing a function (for a game) which converts a sentence with Spivak pronouns into one with pronouns as specified by a user-selected template. For example, the following input sentence: "E ...
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Beginning a sentence with a gerund?

My teacher recently marked on my paper not to use a gerund to start a sentence. I have been told by teachers in the past to use that format to vary sentence structure. It seems to make the paper flow ...
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“Who is” vs. “Who are” [closed]

The beginning of a title reads, *Who are doing Jehovah's Will.. which doesn’t sound correct to me. To me, *Who is doing Jehovah's Will sounds more correct. Am I wrong, or can both be used in the ...
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Can a sentence start with verb? [closed]

I've seen a quote "Dream higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean" and just wondering, the word "dream" here is a verb or noun? If it is a noun here, which one is the verb?
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What great writers have used coordinating conjunctions at the start of sentences?

I had a discussion today with a friend over the validity of using (coordinating, correlative) conjunctions like but or and at the start of sentences. His position was that it breaks a rule of grammar....
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“Now is the time to” or “Now is time to” – Which is correct?

Which of the following two phrases is correct? Now is the time to Now is time to Or are both of them correct? And if so is "Now is the time to" more formal?
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How to write a sentence that explains why the previous sentence is true?

I often have to present a complex result and explain why it is true. Doing so in a single sentence usually makes it too long and difficult to understand. But how do you succinctly do this in two ...
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Using two and’s in one sentence, and starting a sentence with “To” [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct? To view your policy status, last payment information and next payment information, enter your policy number in the box below and click Submit to continue. I’m not a fan ...
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Comma after “first” [duplicate]

Can anyone justify the presence and absence of comma after first in the sentences below? First we’ll create a screen for the user to log in. First, we’ll define the AniJS helper and then we’...
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What can I replace the word “I” with in my cover letter? [duplicate]

When proofing my résumé’s cover letter, I found that I am writing I way too much. I have read that this is a potential turn-off for employers. Does anyone have suggestions on how to replace I with ...
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Are these questions grammatically correct?

I have seen questions like "He went through all that just to go to Columbia?" or "That's the Ferrari?" and I would like to know if they are grammatically correct. Can you use questions like ...
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Starting a sentence with two subordinating conjunctions

Is it grammatical to start a sentence with two subordinating conjunctions? For example: Because if it rains tomorrow, I will get wet, I hoped for a sunny day. It seems wrong to start a sentence ...
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Can I use “on this occasion” to start a sentence?

Can I use on this occasion to start a sentence? For example: I worked for three years as administrator of XXXX. On this occasion I managed. . . .
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Can we start a sentence with “Like this,”?

Is the following sentence well constructed? Like this, doing things that you do not like help you learn important skills. It looks wrong to me, but I have yet to find a rule or guide that could give a ...
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Whom or who in this case? Google thinks who [duplicate]

I was asking someone "whom were you horrible to?" And thought, is it who or whom? I believe it's whom but when I typed the phrase into Google search It felt differently.
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In my example, can I use As… to introduce a sentence? [closed]

As proposed by the Amethyst Initiative, to lower the current MLDA is a difficult topic to discuss. context: the Amethyst Initiative proposed to lower the current minimum legal drinking age (age-21)...
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When is it acceptable to start a sentence with an “-ing” word?

Here's my example. It is a sentence that begins in the middle of a paragraph and I'm using it as a transition. "Living in Costa Rica also gave me the opportunity to interact with the local ...
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Is it bad to start a sentence with “as”?

My boss doesn't like it when I start sentences with "as", and I'm not sure if it's actually a problem. A case where I would start with "as" would be: As your new account manager, it is my ...
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Am I allowed to start a sentence with “Composed”?

Composed of an assortment of ten libraries including inhibitor library, stem cell signaling compound library, and anti-cancer compound library, among others, our bioactive screening libraries are ...
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Comma after introductory discourse marker

When beginning a sentence with "well", do you put a comma after it? Well, you know I was wrong. Well you know I was wrong.